Master Details 1/32 P-47D Thunderbolt Horizontal Stabs and Elevators First Look
|Date of Review||June 2011||Manufacturer||Master Details|
|Subject||P-47D Thunderbolt Horizontal Stabs and Elevators||Scale||1/32|
|Kit Number||32021||Pros||Simple enhancement to Hasegawa kit|
|Cons||Nothing noted||Skill Level||Intermediate|
According to the data from Master Details, this release is designed for the Hasegawa's 1/32 P-47D Thunderbolt releases. The kit provides the elevators molded in the neutral position on the horizontal stabilizers, but anyone that knows about tail-draggers, the elevators droop when the control lock is released in the cockpit.
This set provides a drop-in replacement for the kit parts (that mount together the same way as the kit parts through the tail cone) and render the elevators and hinges so that you can pose your Thunderbolt in a more natural position. The only difference with using these parts versus the kit parts is that these are cast in resin and will require a cyano (Crazy Glue) type adhesive for installation/assembly. This isn't difficult, but I mark the skill level at Intermediate for those who don't have experience with cyano-type adhesives.
This is a nice enhancement for the Hasegawa kit and will make the final result look much more realistic. While you'll see the ailerons and rudder in neutral on the ground, you don't see elevators that way except when the aircraft is closed up.
My sincere thanks to Master Details (http://www.masterdetails.com) for this review sample!